Riot confirms 46 people have been laid off, labels it as ‘strategic shifts’

Not an easy decision to make.

The loyal fans of League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics, Legends of Runeterra, and VALORANT learned last night that their favorite game-developing company is laying off people across recruiting, human resources, support, and esports, according to esports reporter Jacob Wolf. And now, Riot Games has given an official statement on the subject.

The company has implemented “strategic shifts” in a handful of teams and eliminated a number of roles, according to a Riot spokesperson. In the process, 46 Rioters were affected by these changes.

Riot Games implemented strategic shifts within a few teams to sharpen our focus in a number of areas,” a Riot spokesperson said. “With these shifts, certain roles were eliminated, impacting a total of 46 Rioters.”

Since restructuring and refocusing is a normal aspect of each and every business, Riot continued by elaborating that these changes are necessary for maintaining a healthy and functional working environment ready to progress and not stagnate.

This is part of our normal course of our business: We periodically make changes to our structure and our teams based on what we believe will allow us to deliver the best content and experiences for players, a Riot spokesperson said. We never make these decisions lightly and will always start from a place of wanting to retain Rioters and have them focus on our highest priorities. While thats not always possible, its our primary goal.

This is a breaking news story with more details to follow. Updates will be added as soon as possible.

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